Adam Grinwis posted five saves and the shutout, while Kofi Opare headed in a Fabio Pereira corner kick at 69:49 for the match's lone score as U-M topped Michigan State, 1-0, to reclaim the Big Bear Trophy.
Chaka Daley was named as the second head coach in the history of the Michigan men's soccer program on Dec. 23, 2011, and is entering his second season after leading the Wolverines to an 11-10-1 record in his first season in Ann Arbor, a six win turnaround from the previous season.
In his first season as the head man for the Maize & Blue, Daley guided the Wolverines to a berth in the Big Ten Championship game, defeated Niagara 3-1 in an NCAA Tournament home match, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. The Wolverines finished No. 21 in the NCAA RPI on the heels of playing the fourth toughest schedule in the nation. U-M defeated the eventual NCAA Champion Indiana by a 2-1 count on Oct. 19 in its signature win of the season.
Daley's guidance resulted in the emergence of First Team All-Big Ten selection Tyler Arnone, Second Team All-Big Ten honoree Adam Grinwis, and Big Ten All-Freshman squad member James Murphy.
Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, Daley spent the previous 12 seasons as head coach of the Providence College Friars.
In 2011, Daley guided Providence to an 11-8-1 record and an NCAA at-large bid, as the Friars defeated Dartmouth in the opening round of the 2011 tournament. In the past seven seasons, he guided the Friars to a 72-47-21 mark, and led his alma mater to seven consecutive winning seasons and five NCAA Tournament appearances. The Friars hosted NCAA Tournament match-ups during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
The 2010 Friars squad made a run during the latter half of the season, reeling off seven consecutive wins and going unbeaten in 10 matches (8-0-2) for the first time since 1984. The Friars earned a berth in the Big East Tournament and notched road victories at Villanova and at No. 1-seed Georgetown to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, the Friars defeated Cincinnati and earned a spot in the championship match for the second time in school history where they lost in penalties to No. 1 seed Louisville.
On Nov. 29, 2011, he was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame for his prowess on and off the field. In 2005, Daley was named NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division I New England Coach of the Year in and was one of 8 coaches as a nominee for NSCAA National Coach of the Year that same season.
Two former Wolverines and members of the 2012 squad Luke Coulson (Cardiff City, English Premier League) and Kofi Opare (LA Galaxy) inked professional deals after one season under Daley, while four former Friars inked professional contracts under Daley's guidance in goalkeeper Chris Konopka (Kansas City, 2007) who is now a member of the Philadelphia Union, goalkeeper Tim Murray (New England, 2010), midfielder Andrew Sousa (New England, 2011), and midfielder Ryan Maduro (NY Red Bull, 2012)Daley graduated from Providence in 1996 after a four-year career, logging matches as a starting defender all four years . He scored nine goals in 69 career matches.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Daley pursued a professional career following his graduation from Providence. He played for the United Soccer League's Rhode Island Stingrays (1996-97) and spent two seasons with the New England Revolution's A-League affiliate, the Boston Bulldogs (1998-99). On June 14, 1999, he was promoted to Major League Soccer with the Revolution, and spent the 1999 season with New England, before accepting the job as head coach of the Friars in 2000.
Daley was also a member of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Committee for four seasons (2003-06). Daley was also the regional advisory committee chairperson for New England and was part of the 10-member selection committee for the men's tournament during that time.
Daley was affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Academy, serving as the head coach for the U16 FC Greater Boston Bolts (1998 to 2011). He also spent two seasons with the U17 & U18 Olympic Development Program in Rhode Island. Additionally, he holds a USSF "A" Coaching License and earned an MBA from Providence in 2005.
He and his wife, Heather, have a son, Donovan (7), and a daughter, Savanah (2).